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Chinese for Labour calls on the British Government to ensure fair treatment to the Chinese community after a recent report of a raid by the UK Home Office in London Chinatown, where a woman was seen protesting by lying in front of an immigration van.

Responses on Facebook to video footage of the incident have alleged that Home Office immigration officers now make weekly visits to the business in London Chinatown, and that the Chinese community is being aggressively targeted.

Sonny Leong, Chair of Chinese for Labour says, “We at Chinese for Labour are deeply disturbed by reports of the disproportionate number of raids by the Home Office on Chinese businesses. While we acknowledge that the Home Office has an obligation to uphold the law, we fear that the alleged systemic targeting of Chinese businesses is in order to look tough on immigration by targeting a community that is likely ‘to not cause trouble.’

“The Windrush scandal revealed a deliberate policy by the Home Office to create ‘hostile environment’ policies designed to deter undocumented workers. For the sake of transparency, we want the Home Office to demonstrate that the Chinese community are not being specifically targeted.  

Alvin Shum, Communications Officer for Chinese for Labour says, “There has been for a long time a cultural mentality within the Chinese community of not disturbing the peace and keeping our business within ourselves. It is why systemic racism against the Chinese community has been under-reported due to a fear of backlash from the state.

“We want to make it clear that the Chinese community will not passively accept racial profiling. We will be working with our allies in the Labour movement and call on the government to prove that the Chinese community is not being specifically targeted.”

Chinese for Labour demands fair treatment to Chinese Community from the Home Office

Chinese for Labour calls on the British Government to ensure fair treatment to the Chinese community after a recent report of a raid by the UK Home Office in London...

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Date: 17 July 2018 | Time: 18:00 to 19:30 | Venue: Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

Speaker: Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Foreign Minister
Chair: Sonny Leong CBE, Chair, Chinese for Labour

Britain and China have a long and complex relationship, from the First Opium War of 1839 to negotiations over the reversion of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty from 1980 to 1997. The state visit to the UK by President Xi Jinping in October 2015 marked a sea change in UK-China relations. Is this really the “Golden Era” in China-UK relations?

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Massive congratulations to our successful elected Councillors

  • Bora Kwon - Ravenscourt Park,  Hammersmith & Fulham Council
  • Vincent Lo - Fryent, Brent Council
  • Jumbo Chan - Kensal Green, Brent Council
  • David Chung, Longthornton, Merton Council

Congratulations to our succesful candidates

Massive congratulations to our successful elected Councillors Bora Kwon - Ravenscourt Park,  Hammersmith & Fulham Council Vincent Lo - Fryent, Brent Council Jumbo Chan - Kensal Green, Brent Council David Chung,...

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By Konrad Shek, Executive Committee Member, Chinese for Labour @konradshek

The work that Action on Salt is doing is commendable, raising awareness about excessive salt levels in food. We could all do more to reduce our salt intake but I have to say it makes for distinctly uncomfortable reading when I see headlines like “Chinese meals should carry a health warning” (http://www.actiononsalt.org.uk/news/surveys/2018/salt-awareness-week-survey/)

Seriously? Born in the UK to an ethnic Chinese family, I’ve been raised on Chinese food for most of my life. Does that mean I am on death row or on a one-way ticket to high blood pressure hell?

Taking Health Warnings on Chinese Food with a Pinch of Soy Sauce

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By Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Foreign Minister for China

In recent weeks, many of us have enjoyed celebrations for the Chinese New Year at the start of the Year of the Dog, and Jeremy Corbyn spoke at a fabulous dinner organised by Chinese for Labour.

One of the personality traits of somebody born in the Year of the Earth Dog is resilience; as long as I work hard and do not give up, I will be successful.

In some ways, this reflects the story of the Chinese community in the UK.

There are about 7,000 Chinese-owned businesses in almost every corner of our country, making the Chinese community one of the most successful in Britain.

The Chinese community in the UK has transformed our country for the better

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Nearly 200 friends, members, supporters and Labour parliamentarians braved the cold snowy weather on Wednesday, 28th February evening to join us to celebrate the Year of the Earth Dog at our annual banquet at the Phoenix Palace.

Jeremy Corbyn MP together with Ian Lavery MP (Chair of the Party), Dawn Butler MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities), Helen Goodman MP (Shadow Minister for China), Lord Roy Kennedy (Shadow Communities Spokesperson in the Lords), Judith Cummings MP (Shadow Minister for International Trade), Dame Rosie Winterton (Deputy Speaker in the Commons), Andrew Gwynne MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Communities), Peter Dowd MP (Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury).

HE the Ambassador of the Chinese Embassy, Ambassador Liu Xiaoming together with Minister Ma Hui, Minister Counsellor Jin Xu and other senior officials were also in attendance. Deputy Director General Cherie Yeung from the HKETO was also present.

Celebrating the Year of the Earth Dog

Nearly 200 friends, members, supporters and Labour parliamentarians braved the cold snowy weather on Wednesday, 28th February evening to join us to celebrate the Year of the Earth Dog at... Read more

The Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP wishes all British Chinese and Chinese from across the United Kingdom A Happy Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog.

"The Chinese make an invaluable and often over-looked contribution to the United Kingdom. Thank you for all your contribution, and on behalf of the Labour Party, I would like to wish you all a prosperous, successful and a Happy New Year."

Watch the video message here

 

Chinese New Year 2018 Message from Rt Hon Jeemy Cotbyn MP

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Chair of Chinese for Labour, Sonny Leong has publically criticised the language of Scottish Labour MP Hugh Gaffney.

Hugh Gaffney MP, who represents Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill used a derogatory word when describing a Chinese meal, while speaking at a Scottish Labour student event in Edinburgh. MP has since apologised and agreed to go to equality and diversity training.

The Chair of Chinese for Labour Sonny Leong said, “There is no excuse for the use of this word.  It is deeply offensive.  It is our understanding that Hugh has rightly issued an unreserved apology and that is accepted.  However, we would always welcome further opportunities to work with politicians, including Hugh, to bring greater awareness and understanding about how best to tackle racism against the Chinese and East Asian communities living and working in the UK.

“The racism that ethnic Chinese people face in their daily lives is something we must all stand up to.  The Chinese community in Britain are hardworking and have contributed a lot. However the unfavourable representation in UK mainstream media and politics shows just how much more work we need to get rid of this stereotype of being an invisible community and that it is somehow ok to poke fun of.”

In a statement, Mr Gaffney stated, “Last week I attended a Labour Students Burns Supper in Edinburgh. At that event I used certain language relating to the Chinese and LGBVT communities that was wrong and completely inappropriate.”

“I want to offer my unreserved apologies for what I said; my remarks were deeply offensive and unacceptable.

“I will do everything possible to make amends with both the Chinese community and the LGBT community.”

Chinese for Labour Chair condemns discriminatory language from Scottish MP

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Come and join us to celebrate the Year of the Dog at our Gala Chinese New Year Banquet 2018 on Wednesday, 28th February 2018.

The event will be held at the Phoenix Palace Restaurant, 3-5 Glentworth Street, London NW1 5PG, and will begin with a champagne reception with canapés at 6.30 pm, followed by dinner at 7.15 pm.

As in previous years, we will be joined by Senior Shadow Cabinet Members, Ministers and Peers, together with leading members of the Chinese business and community leaders. This glamorous event draws together the British East Asian Actors, creative communities and supporters from the Labour movement.

Click HERE to book your place, or book it HERE via Eventbrite

We look forward to seeing you there.

Gala Chinese New Year Banquet 2018

  Come and join us to celebrate the Year of the Dog at our Gala Chinese New Year Banquet 2018 on Wednesday, 28th February 2018. The event will be held...

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Brexit could be a re-run of the 2008 recession for UK cities

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